CANADIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS, MELINDA GATES, Millenium Development Goals and Harper’s election: Believing in justice and peace includes working to achieve UN Millenium Development Goals?

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2011 Federal Election Guide 




Voting: a right and responsibility 


Canadian Catholics are being called upon as citizens to exercise their right to vote. The Church encourages and 

reasserts its belief in “the political freedom and responsibility of citizens.”1 By exercising their right to vote, 

citizens fulfill their duty of choosing a government and at the same time send a clear signal to the candidates 

being presented by the political parties. 


Political candidates are citizens too. In addition, they assume responsibility for the well being of the public. Their 

commitment and dedication are a generous contribution to society’s common good. Indeed, the purpose of the 

political community is the common good.2 What is the common good? It is “the sum of those conditions of … 

social life whereby people, families and associations more adequately and readily may attain their own 



Examples of the application of Catholic moral and social teaching  


The following are examples of how Catholic moral and social teaching is to be applied. They do not constitute a 

political platform but a magnifying glass by which to analyze and evaluate public policies and programs. 


1.  Respect for life and human dignity: from conception to natural death 


Choosing life means: 


Demanding the right to life for even the smallest among us – the human embryo and the foetus – 

since they too belong to the human family, while also providing assistance to pregnant women 

facing difficulties;  

Protecting all persons from being exploited by biomedical technologies; 

Respecting the life and dignity of the dying, accompanying them until their natural death and 

promoting greater access to palliative care;  

Rejecting capital punishment, promoting the rehabilitation of criminals and ensuring support for 

their victims; 

Defending and caring for individuals in all circumstances, beginning with the poorest and most 


Supporting and accompanying individuals with disabilities, the elderly, the sick, the poor and those 


who are suffering. 


 What do the political parties say about these issues? What positions are the candidates taking? 


2.  Building a more just society  


The desire to create a more just society includes:  


Adopting measures to reduce poverty;  

Introducing equitable fiscal policies for companies and individuals; 

Ending excessive, unjustified spending; 

Promoting access to safe, affordable housing for destitute families;  

Coming to the aid of the homeless; 

Fighting child poverty;   

Ensuring a basic income that is sufficient for the basics of food and housing;  

Facilitating access to drinking water for communities that are lacking; 

Finding permanent solutions to the problems experienced by indigenous communities


What do the political parties say about these issues? What positions are the candidates taking? 



3.  The person and the family 


Promoting the integrity of the person and family includes: 


Promoting a better balance between familial and professional responsibilities; 

Ensuring pay equity between men and women; 

Guaranteeing sufficient basic income for an adequate quality of life; 

Providing access to quality hospital care for all; 

Supporting the reunification of immigrant and refugee families; 

Facilitating the recognition of the skills of immigrants; 

Taking actions against human trafficking; 

Protecting people from addictions to drugs and gambling.  


What do the political parties say about these issues? What positions are the candidates taking? 



4.  Canada in the world: providing leadership for justice and peace  


Believing in justice and peace includes: 


Striving to reach the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations; 

Choosing policies that promote dialogue leading to peace rather than confrontation among nations; 

Working to eliminate nuclear, chemical and bacteriological weapons, and encouraging strict 

worldwide controls on the sales of small arms and personal weapons; 

Honouring international treaties on human rights;  

Protecting the dignity of immigrants and refugees when handling their files; 

Protecting the rights of seasonal workers from abroad; 

Combating business and industry practices that have little regard for workers’ rights and dignity. 


What do the political parties say about these issues? What positions are the candidates taking?  




5. A healthy country in a healthy environment  


Protecting the environment means, among other things: 


Implementing responsible stewardship practices for the environment; 

Honouring international agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; 

Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels; 

Taking steps to control urban pollution; 

Introducing forms of transportation that are less harmful to the health of citizens and the 


Encouraging companies to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency; 

Developing natural resources without harming the quality of life in communities; 

Protecting water as an essential resource; 

Bequeathing a sustainable and healthy environment to future generations. 


What do the political parties say about these issues? What positions are the candidates taking? 



Voting means using your judgment  


Exercising the right to vote means making enlightened and well-thought-out judgments about the choices 

available. There are times, however, when these choices may prove very difficult. The Church reminds us that “in 

this context, it must be noted also that a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a 

political program or an individual law in which the fundamental content of faith and morals is replaced by the 

introduction of proposals differing from this content or opposing it.”4  


It is a sign of a healthy community when informed and responsible citizens engage in an ongoing dialogue on 

major social issues with their political leaders. This is precisely the kind of community we should strive to 

support and develop.5 No less is expected of us, since we are all called to be truly responsible for one another. 


 1 Second Vatican Council, The Church in the Modern World, no. 76.3. 


2 Second Vatican Council, The Church in the Modern World, n. 74.1. 

3 Second Vatican Council, The Church in the Modern World, n. 74.1.


Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Doctrinal Note: On Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in 

Political Life, no. 4. See also the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2242. 


For key social and political issues of importance to the Bishops of Canada, see the web site of the Canadian 

Conference of Catholic Bishops at  





25 March 2011 


Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace 

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops 


The Most Reverend Brendan M. O’Brien, Chairman 

The Most Reverend François Lapierre, P.M.É. 

The Most Reverend David Motiuk 

The Most Reverend Valéry Vienneau





A committee of The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops put out a voters’ guide late last month… but it is mute on many of the great issues of the day, and is next to useless in any practical way.

It does not refer to the unjust, unethical and costly wars in Afghanistan or Libya, nor does it refer to abortion directly, although fetal rights are stressed.

It says nothing at all about the dangers, ethics and costs of nuclear energy, although it does say we need to get rid of nuclear arms.

It blathers about climate change and green house gas emmissions, but says nothing about clearcut logging, nor uranium mining.

Most shockingly, it advocates that Catholics strive to reach the dubious United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals, which include ‘fertility rate reduction’ through radical population reduction programmes by such sinister Globalist groups as the Rotarians, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Planned Parenthood, among just a few of the UN’s many creepy population controlling partners.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops should really do some more research on the Death Culture philosophy which has taken over the United Nations and rendered it completely demonic and ineffectual, before they suggest that Canadian Catholics should be helping the UN  in ‘reducing fertility rates’, as the Globalists so delicately put it.

The UN Millenium Development Goals advocate for ”women’s reproductive rights”, and that includes contraception, abortions, vasectomies, etc.  The Canadian Bishops should know that these Globalist population reduction goals are inconsistent with Christ’s Church’s teaching.

So the big problem here is that not only is this four man committee’s so-called Canadian Catholic voter’s guide giving lay Catholics bad advice, it is also giving them incomplete information.

Instead of doing the hard research on the candidates and the parties for busy family members who have children and other responsiblities, the childless bishops ask rhetorically ‘what do candidates say about these issues of concern?  What do the parties say about these issues?’

Indeed, we desperately need a much more sophisticated discourse on the present historical moment in Canada, and we are not being helped to achieve such an adult discourse in practical Canadian Catholic politics by this inept committee of four Canadian bishops.

Lay Catholic Canadian faithful, those who still believe in Canadian democracy, need to ask themselves, ‘how can I trust an official document from the Canadian bishops’ office that seems to suggest we support the totalitarian population reduction policies of the United Nations, Planned Parenthood, the Rotarians and the eugenicist Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?’

‘Why on earth would you people be encouraging good Canadian Catholics to support parties or policies of the same nature in the coming Canadian election, by ‘striving to reach the Millenium Development Goals of the United Nations’?

[For a copy of the document from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, please refer to the comments below.]

Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell


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